Young woman on the street
Young woman on the street

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Canadian population — the vulnerable have been made more vulnerable. Anyone struggling with addiction has found it difficult to access the treatment services they needed because of the pandemic. Also, due to self-isolation, government-mandated lockdowns, social distancing, job loss, and the threat of a virus, it became the perfect storm for new addiction problems in the country. It is difficult to know the long-term damage, but the indicators and data are there.

For example, between March and April of 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Canada lost approximately three…

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A person on a beach at low tide with clouds on the horizon and on the left

Can Someone Overcome Addiction?

The straight answer is yes. But that is not all, because addiction can be a complicated issue. Especially when the abuse has been ongoing for some extended time, it also depends on what substance is being abused. For instance, when a person is using marijuana, the effects are long term. It can take many weeks, even months, to notice the changes in mood, behavior, and general health. Whereas with opiates, it’s possible to detect these within days or a couple of weeks. Alcohol is a substance that can be either slow or quick in demonstrating physical…

Susan Chubbs

Susan is a Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist and does On-Line Counseling. She also works as a Drug & Alcohol Addiction Consultant helping families find help.

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